No, I have not been but I would love to go, planning as we speak and hope I get to some time soon! Meanwhile though, the folks from the Western Australia Tourism Board hosted a few of us media professionals locally to share more about what’s happening in the area and what should be on your list...
Australia’s Coral Coast
Located under two hours north of Perth and running down to Exmouth, here you can find the Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park, Shark Bay world heritage area and the Ningaloo Reef. Warm climate all year round. One of the last wilderness locations of Australia – unspoilt, uncrowded, untouched. Its where the outback meets the ocean, wildflowers bloom galore, rock art shines, five star glamping is the done thing, and at the Ningaloo Reef, you can swim with the big three – whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays.
Exmouth Diving Centre
They are the original dive adventure specialists with tours aplenty all year round no matter which of the big three (or all) you want to see. Interesting act – in talking with the rep, I learned that the humpback actually sleeps upside down!!
Consists of the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, Bungle Bungles, Broome, Karijini and Murujuga National Park. Visit May-October. Broome has a huge pearling industry and aboriginal tourism is big here. More than 31 aboriginal language groups are found in Pilbara while 90% of the world’s pink diamonds are found in Kimberley. You can do sunset camel rides (not exactly the picture I had in mind of Aussieland), and also experience the staircase to the moon. Gibb river road, Lake Argyle, rock art everywhere, horizontal waterfalls, and even a brewery famous for their mango beer, chili beer and a mix of the two called chango beer!
True North Adventure Cruises
Only 36 guests, 18 rooms, 22 staff on board, one vessel – this is adventure cruising and exclusive experiences all rolled in one. Trips are duration of four days to two weeks. They go where larger ships cannot and don’t have to exit territorial waters on voyages since they are registered in Australia. Even have a helicopter on board – beat that!
Crown Towers Perth is the newest property opened December 2016. Has a pool area overlooking the Swan River, and a private 15th floor lounge called Crystal Club providing personalized check-in and concierge for every guest. Truly a bespoke experience, they have their own ship available to guests, 45 restaurants onsite including Rockpool, Nobu and Bistro Gillaume. This property in Perth has rooms ranging from $450-$25,000 nightly.
Premium wine region, along the beach, known for aboriginal culture tours, foraging, and more. Climb trees in Pemberton, see woylies in the wild, and enjoy everything a millennial destination offers. A biodiversity hotspot with over 20 national parks and more than 8000 species of native flora and fauna. Also added to my vocab – quokka: an animal found in the region, quokka selfies are the social media craze there right now. Check online for some fun images!
You know I am planning my trip already…maybe I’ll see you there?! If you’ve already been, would love to hear your experience and recommendations on where to go in the comments below.